Real Teachers: True Stories of Renegade Educators

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What is authentic education? For that matter, what is a school? And what is a teacher? Over the last few decades, the American classroom has undergone a shift of enormous magnitude and the consequences of this are truly beginning to make themselves known. In Stuart Grauer's collection of true, short stories, Real Teachers, we are asked to consider the goals of contemporary education and ask: Is this what a school should be? Is this all a school can be? In Real Teachers, Grauer asks us to embrace discovery, ...
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Overview

What is authentic education? For that matter, what is a school? And what is a teacher? Over the last few decades, the American classroom has undergone a shift of enormous magnitude and the consequences of this are truly beginning to make themselves known. In Stuart Grauer's collection of true, short stories, Real Teachers, we are asked to consider the goals of contemporary education and ask: Is this what a school should be? Is this all a school can be? In Real Teachers, Grauer asks us to embrace discovery, individuality, perseverance, and possibility-to reconsider large class size, standardization, culture bias, risk-free schooling, and the sterilization of the curriculum. Through these stories of revitalization and a return to the roots of our culture and education, Grauer imparts a valuable lesson, incredibly relevant in this time where education is misunderstood, teaching is abused, and our students fall by the wayside. Real Teachers is a call to action, a call for change, and for a return to the community-oriented, regional education which was once dominant in our schools. Through this collection, Grauer invites us into the history of his life, his personal discoveries-his road to the growth that made him a real teacher.
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For the real teacher, the growth is in the plant, not the gardener. In his wise, lyrical, and liberating book, Stuart Grauer shares the harvest of his lifetime in education that truly matters. — Richard Lederer, Host/originator of NPR's A Way with Words Author of A Tribute to Teachers

Stuart Grauer brings joy, courage, and imagination to the dialogue on education. His stories add inspiration to our sense of possibility. — Vicki Abeles, Director/Producer, nationwide film The Race to Nowhere

The point of Stuart Grauer's book is to remind us that Great Teaching, singular, rare, unusual, is something that should be sought after and found. Thank you. It's wonderful, timely, accessible, clear as a bell. — Richard Dreyfuss, Actor, Oxford scholar, founder of The Dreyfuss Initiative

A book of wonderful news—a breath of fresh air for classroom teachers and educators. This book evokes the heart of teaching in a clear, compelling, and soulful way. It will help teachers to reinvent the system, find their passion, and stay in the teaching profession. — Paula A. Cordeiro, Dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences University of San Diego

Stuart Grauer is a rebel and education is his cause. His beautiful book is both revolutionary and revelatory. Real Teachers is a joy-filled adventure that will inspire you to action. — Jeff Salz, Corporate Anthropologist, Adventurer, Author of The Way of Adventure

Just what the doctor ordered: a book reminding us what is possible in schooling,and how much it depends on freeing teachers to think big. It's a book full of wonderful tales from the field. — Deborah Meier, MacArthur Fellowship Recipient, New York University Senior Scholar, Author, School Founder, Founder of the Small Schools Movement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590799703
  • Publisher: Select Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Grauer, Ed.D. is the founding head teacher at the Grauer School, president of the Grauer Foundation for Education, and founder of the Coalition of Small Preparatory Schools. He became principal of the International School of Basel, Switzerland, at the age of 29. In 1991, he founded the Grauer School in order to establish humanitarian secondary education in Southern California. He is a major authority on small schools education and has evaluated and consulted with schools worldwide.
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